Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - July 2004

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Colleen Supan
Jul 1, 2004
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Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Rides is a snap - of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: Truckin' Magazine, Readers' Rides, 2100 E. Howell Ave., Ste. 209, Anaheim, CA 92806. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. This can include information about the buildup or any special history the truck has.
Georgia Plum
Janice Sheppard of Osteen, Florida, saw this '89 Chevy pickup with purple flames at a Waycross, Georgia, show and just couldn't leave without it. After realizing the engine wasn't up to par, she put a new 350 GM powerplant under the hood and added a dual Flowmaster exhaust. The flames were customized to fade to blue, and 17-inch American Racing wheels were added, along with a '98 custom chrome grille. For now, it's still her daily driver, but one day she'll park it for show only.
Pipeliner's Dream
Not only is this Jerry Yoho's of Flora Vista, New Mexico, daily driver, but it's also his daily work truck. He started with an '04 Dodge 3500 Cummins-powered truck, but then Jerry removed the bed and built his own 3/16-inch floor and 109A on the sides. All the chrome is polished stainless. The welding unit is a 1979 that he chopped 5-1/2 inches off of, so he can see out of the rear window. The bottom of the bed is wrapped in 1-1/2x1-1/2-inch stainless. The side marker lights are off of a '68 Dodge Charger and a Plymouth Road Runner, which he found at a salvage yard. This is definitely a pipeliner's dream truck
Flaming Mini
Jeremy Shepherd from Watertown, South Dakota, is very proud to say he, his uncle, and his friends did all of the work on this truck themselves, including the paint. Not only are there 4-inch drop spindles and airbags up front, but there are 2-inch drop springs in the rear with 2-inch drop blocks. There are also two switches in the cab to adjust the ride height. The truck has a full body kit and 17-inch American Racing wheels wrapped in P215/35R17 Falken tires. With the air out of the 'bags, it sits about 1 inch off the ground. How low can you go?
Standing On All Fours
This 496ci big-block '83 Chevy C10 4x4, belonging to Keith Haney of Harrison, Arizona, is a family project that started about three years ago. It has Merlin oval port heads, an Edelbrock RPM Air Gap intake, a Mighty Demon 850 carb, Hooker Super Comp headers with 3-inch Flowmasters, and a MSD 6AL ignition with a Turbo 400 and a 2,800-stall converter. The truck sits on 3/4-ton axles with 4.56 gears, with a posi unit up front and a Detroit locker in the rear with 6-inch Rough Country springs and a 3-inch body lift that sits on 16x10-inch Weld Stone Crusher wheels. Bryan won First Place in the 4-Wheel Jamboree burnout competitions and mud drags.
The Nemesis
Eighteen-year-old Richard Feulner, Jr. of Hendersonville, Tennessee, has been working on this truck for more than a year now. The name was given to his truck after being pulled over for the thirteenth - yes, the thirteenth time - and the officer told him he was becoming quite a nemesis. We don't know if Richard is proud of the name, but it's certainly a cool truck. As for mods, the Ford F-150 Nemesis rides on 17x8-inch chrome KMC Slam wheels wrapped by P275/60R17 Goodyear Eagle GT IIs. The front has a Trenz billet grille and APC clear corners with green bulbs, and there's also Ford Racing Euro taillights, dual pipes, an underbody glow kit, and much more.
Dixieland Delivery
This is the third custom truck for Joe Wilson of El Dorado, Arkansas. Everything in this '02 GMC Sierra Delivery is custom, down to the tailgate, which was shaved and had the latch relocated to the inside. The rearend was lowered 2 inches and sits on P285/60R18 Goodyear Eagle GT IIs and 18-inch Prime wheels. Under the cowl-induction hood, the 5.3L engine was tweaked with a Hypertech Power Programmer III and a K&N fuel-injection performance kit. Joe set up the interior with white-face gauges, a custom carbon-fiber steering wheel, and a full-length overhead wood console.
Smooth Custom
As part of the Smooth Customs Club, Tatum Alexander of Bradford, Tennessee, spent a lot of time upgrading his '01 Chevy S-10. Up front, he added a custom billet grille, Clear Corners and Xenon headlights, a chrome billet Bow Tie, and a neon underbody kit. As far as the interior goes, Tatum has a Ractive tachometer, a chrome billet shifter, and APC racing pedals. The next upgrade will be a custom airbag setup.
A First For Everything
Before purchasing this '01 Chevy 1500 Z71, Lonnie Quinlivan of Lodi, California, had never owned a 4x4. Thanks to Dentoni's Custom Truck Works in Stockton, California, modifications were made simple. Some of the work performed included a K&N filter charger system, a Flowmaster exhaust with two chambers and 4-inch tips, and a Smittybilt Double Double rollbar with four Pro Comp lights. Lonnie wanted to go bigger than the other four-bys in the neighborhood, so he went with a 12-inch Full Throttle suspension and a 5-inch body lift, sitting on 16.5x12 Weld Racing Typhoon wheels. In the future, he would like to add a full chrome suspension system, custom graphics, and a supercharger.
Burn'n Money
Gary Weatherly of Baytown, Texas, definitely burned some money - for good reason - on this truck. It features a 3-inch body lift and 10-inch suspension lift, Weld Racing wheels, and 38-inch tires. The interior is fitted with a flamed headliner, a billet dash and door panels, and billet flamed pedals. This is some daily driver.
Peninsula Punch
Edgar Olazabal of San Mateo, California, owns this '01 Chevy Silverado. There are so many modifications on this truck, we can't possibly list them all. Luckily, his girlfriend sent us a scaled-down list suitable for Readers' Rides. We'll start with the chrome grille, shaved tailgate, Escalade handles, icy-blue headlights, tinted side windows, and V-tech third light cover. Edgar lowered the truck 2 inches and put 23-inch wheels inside P305/35R23 Pirellis. He is very proud of his truck, but admits there is still a lot to work on.
Buster Makes It
Commonly known around town as Buster, this '99 Dodge Dakota four-wheel drive, owned by Diane Zimmer of Defiance, Ohio, has not had an easy life. He went through a horrific paintjob which faded in two weeks, so he had to go through another before being customized. Luckily, Diane chose DuPont Hot Hues tri-coat Royal Red with Violet Pearl on top and Ultraviolet on the pinstripe. Buster sports a MagnaFlow dual exhaust, a K&N air filter, and drilled and slotted rotors with Performance Friction pads. A soft tonneau and Westin side bars take care of the bed in style. Buster is getting ready for a set of pink underbody lights. Way to pull through, Buster.
Chevy Nut
Benji Watson, a Ford dealership service manager from Mountain City, Tennessee, is a not-so-secret Chevy fanatic. He flaunts his '99 S-10 Extreme around the shop, only to be ridiculed by his Ford-loving co-workers. Maybe having this picture in Truckin' will change their minds. Under the hood is a Vortec 4.3L V-6 with an automatic trans. He installed an AIRAID cold-air intake, a throttle-body spacer, and a two-chamber Flowmaster dual exhaust system. Exterior upgrades include a Trenz billet Bow Tie and grille, APC diamond clear headlights and corners, and 17x8-inch American Racing Hopster polished alloy wheels. However, Benji still has many plans for this Chevy.
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